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Oklahoma crime briefs for Sept. 28

Oklahoma crime briefs for Sept. 28
Published: September 28, 2013

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Oklahoma City

Unknown powder forces federal court to evacuate

The federal courthouse in downtown Oklahoma City was evacuated for about 75 minutes Friday morning when a white powder fell from a piece of personal mail opened in the court clerk's office, U.S. District Court Clerk Robert Dennis said. Emergency responders determined the material was harmless and proceedings returned to normal by about 11:15 a.m., Dennis said.



Man wounds self, then forces officer to shoot him

A man who shot himself in the face with a stolen gun wanted an Oklahoma City police officer to shoot him, court records show. Justin Donald Horton, 28, was driving a stolen vehicle north on N Sterling Avenue about 10:55 p.m. Sept. 21 when an Oklahoma City police officer attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court. Horton fled on foot and stopped in the 2400 block of Sterling, where he turned, with a gun in his hand, toward the officer, the document states. The officer tried to talk Horton into dropping the gun. Horton told the officer he was going to shoot himself or make the officer shoot him, and then shot himself in the face. Horton remained standing and did not drop the weapon, instead pointing it at the officer before the officer shot him, the affidavit states. Horton is expected to survive his wounds. He was arrested on complaints of pointing a firearm, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and concealing stolen property.



Husband says he accidentally shot, killed wife

A man accused of killing his wife admitted to police he was being careless with a weapon and had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier in the day, court records show. Bernard Eugene Morris, 57, was arrested on a manslaughter complaint after police found Cynthia Morris, 53, dead with a gunshot wound to her torso about 1:55 a.m. Monday at 124 NW 80, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court. Her husband told police that he was bored about 1:30 a.m. and grabbed the firearm from a closet. As he was climbing into bed with it, his finger was on the trigger and the gun went off and fatally wounded his wife, according to the affidavit. “I was (expletive) around with it and it went off,” he told an officer. Bernard Morris complained of heart trouble and was taken to a hospital for observation, records show.

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